The age you can claim your State Pension from depends on when you were born. You can check when you’ll reach State Pension age.
The State Pension age for men is currently 65. The State Pension Age for women is increasing to become 65 by November 2018.
From December 2018, the State Pension age for both men and women will start increasing in stages. It will reach:
- 66 by October 2020
- 67 between 2026 and 2028
- 68 from a date that hasn’t been finalised – but it’s likely to be the mid-30s.
The State Pension is changing. People who reach State Pension age on or after 6 April 2016 will receive a new State Pension with different rules.
This page explains what financial help is available if you are of pension age.
If you are of pension age and still working, the benefits listed in the previous chapters are also relevant to you.
If you receive a war pension or financial support from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme, what you’re entitled to may be different from what is explained here. Ask a welfare rights adviser what this means for you – call our welfare rights advisers on 0808 808 00 00.